Lecturer Andrew Speight Rocks the Saxophone

Thursday, August 31, 2017

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Every Sunday night at 7 Mile House, the band Dog House Jazz Jam rocks the floorboards with sounds of post-bop jazz from the 1950s and ‘60s. Andrew Speight, an SF State lecturer of Music, plays the saxophone for this group and displays his talents that have accumulated for 40 years.

“I’ve been playing here at 7 Mile House for about five years now,” Speight said. “They have great food, great service, and I always look forward to meeting new musicians within this restaurant.”

As a the instruments quiet down to silence, Speight comes to center stage for one of his many saxophone solos. Heads turn and televisions mute as Speight lays down rift after rift to coincide with the soft beat of top hats and snare drums in complete unison.

“Playing alongside that guy is like dancing with a chainsaw,” said Vince Lateano, long time drummer of the Dog House Jazz Jam. “It has always been that way since we began playing together.”